Famous People Born in January 1809

  • Jan 1 John Pieter Heije, Dutch physician, writer and poet (Silver Fleet) (d. 1876)
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1888)

Louis BrailleLouis Braille (1809-1852)

Jan 4 French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray, France

  • Jan 15 Cornelia Connelly, American foundress (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • Jan 15 Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French politician & philosopher ("father of anarchism"), born in Besançon, France (d. 1865)
  • Jan 18 Richard C. Gatlin, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Kinston, North Carolina (d. 1896)

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Jan 19 American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Jan 20 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish-Basque composer (La Paloma), born in Lanciego, Álava, Spain (d. 1865)
  • Jan 23 Veer Surendra Sai, Indian freedom fighter & tribal leader, born in Sambalpur district, India (d. 1884)